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Broad-leaved helleborine

Epipactis helleborine

Description:

An orchid from northern Eurasia first recorded in North America in the 1800's. Grows from a rhizome and may exist underground for up to 10 years before sending up a flower stock. Opposing leaves up the stock to multiple blooms. The top of the stock droops over when the buds are forming and then straightens as the flowers open.

Habitat:

Pacific temperate rain forest of fir, hemlock, big-leaf maple, red alder, and a few birch. Understory of Oregon grape, sword fern, and vanilla leaf.

Notes:

Many areas consider this orchid an invasive plant but so far it is still uncommon in our forest.

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1 Comment

Hey Jean! This is definitely the plant we put a little enclosure around in my bush to wait and see what it was. I have several now!! hmmm

JeanSawatzky
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JeanSawatzky

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Aug 3, 2013
Submitted on Jul 24, 2014

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